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McCamy Taylor

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Here is my fiction website: http://home.earthlink.net/~mccamytaylor/ My political cartoon site: http://www.grandtheftelectionohio.com/

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Small Town Colorado versus Small Town Texas: The Benefits of Weed and Health Care

Yes, it is like comparing apples and oranges. So let me get a little bit more specific. I am comparing small towns in west Texas with small towns in southern Colorado (the "poor" part of the state). Both are semi arid, flat terrained. The towns themselves appear to be about the same age. Their old downtowns have buidings from the same era. Both have economies that rely heaviy upon agriculture and the cattle industry.

After travelling through both in the space of a week, here is my conclusion:

Any state that does not legalize marijuana and accept the Medicaid expansion is loco. The legal weed is easy. Every town has a dispensary (or dispensaries). Every town is full of tourists who chose Colorado over a whole bunch of other western states, because of the legal weed. And by every town I mean cities as large as Denver all the way down to the tiniest little local market town. Eateries are full. People who smoke get the muchies. Hotels and motels are full. Small town store fronts are full. Compare this to the typical small town in Texas in which the old main street is boarded up, the only reliable businesses the Quickee Marts on the highways that cater to the folks driving through. The weed tourists are NOT all young kids with no money. Marijuana is a draw for Baby Boomers, middle aged couples who have lots of money to spend. Folks who know how to have a good time without raising (too much) hell.

And now an aside. Weed does nothing for me. However, legalized marijuana has attracted a crowd of tourists with whom I feel very comfortable. Everyone, native or visitor is so friendly, whether they are high or not. The people are more free spirited. They smile more easily. They do not go out of their way to cut your off in traffic. They hold the doors. The vibe is a lot like Amsterdam, one of the friendliest places I have ever visited.

Now, I realize that in a few years, Colorado will have to compete with other states to be the Amsterdam of the US. However, they are getting a head start on everyone else. Once you get the tourists used to visiting your state, they keep coming. Once you use tourism to finance more attractions for tourists---better restaurants, more parks, more public art----the tourists keep coming. And tourism is easy money that benefits the local economy without spoiling the local environment or creating an eyesore. On the contrary, in Denver, all the businesses are putting up public art. My favorite----the line of grates in the sidewalk along Curtis street across from Sam's 3. When you step on them, they make the sounds of cows, pigs, chickens, yodellers. Awesome, whether you are high or not (I was not). And fun for the whole family.

Now, about the Medicaid expansion. I saw bright, shiny new medical and dental clinics---in small towns! Remember that health care infrastructure spending is second only to education spending in the benefits it provides to the local economy. Health care spending pays for lots of jobs and it results in a healthier work force.

I did see a lot of disabled folks, especially in Denver, who may have been attracted to the state because they can get their medical marijuana without fear of harassment. But, since the state expanded Medicaid, these folks are insured. They can get all the health care they need, not just the THC. They are not a drain on the economy, because they are insured. When they get sick, the local hospital does not have to write off their care. The local homeowners do not have to pay more in taxes to keep up county hospitals so that the private hospitals will not go under. The small towns are not losing their hospitals...

Compare to Texas, which along with Georgia and other states, said "No" to the Medicaid expansion. Note that so called Red States never say "No" to free federal money. Had the cash been intended for a military base or more roads or even a bunch of bridges to nowhere, the Red State governors would have been holding out their hands saying "Gimme!" But because this was health care---Obama Care---most of them decided that their low income workers would rather die than be beholden to the federal government.

Small towns in Texas are losing their access to health care. Emergency rooms and hospitals are closing. Doctors do not move in. If a doc wants to work in a small town, he or she will go to one of the states that expanded Medicaid. That way the doc gets paid. A real no brainer. Texas is now training family doctors who are fleeing the state after they graduate from their residency programs. And lack of access to primary care is one of the major health problems facing the country right now.

What happens to Texas, when all its new trained FPs end up in Colorado or New Mexico? Its rural health care infrastructure falls apart. What business is going to relocate to a small town in Texas that has no doctors or hospitals? None. Even if the company does not care abnout its workers, its managers and executives want a place to get treated if they get sick.

So, if you are a small town in Texas, and you are sick of watching the cars speed through without stopping, maybe you should get on down to Austin and start lobbying. Legal weed and the Medicaid expansion can be your road to financial health, too. Even if you do not attract the tourists, your residents will be healthier (because they will have insurance and a place to use it) and you will cut down on the amount of tax money that goes to pay For Profit prisons to house low risk marijuana users.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Mon Jun 29, 2015, 12:05 PM (6 replies)

Could 10% of diabetics one day get "cured" with a controlled parasitic infection?

Before you say "Where's the proof" this is a thought piece, put together from some reading I did today and some recent advances about MS.

In a nutshell, MS is now thought to be due to HLA mediated immune factors that were intended to help early humans fight off chronic hookworm infections. Take away the hookworms and some people's immune systems start going after nerve tissue instead.

What I am about to discuss does not apply to all diabetics, just those with a subtype that does not match either type 1 or type 2. Called Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood, this types starts off like type 2 and then slowly progresses to type 1 insulin dependence over the course of years. It is associated with the GAD Ab.


While researching central sleep apnea for a new book, I got off on a tangent about GAD antibiodes which are associated with a type of diabetes. GAD Ab is also associated with some types of autoimmune thryoiditis and neurologic diseases such as Stiff Man Syndrome (look it up) now called Stiff Person Syndrome because researchers probably got tired of all the snickering.The reason I am beginning to suspect that the GAD Ab might have something to do with our inborn infectious disease immunity--a study revealed that 10% of European Diabetics are GAD Ab pos type, 16% diabetics from Congo and China are this type---and no one from Papau New Guinea in this study had the GAD Ab pos type. Nobody. As in what is so different about Papau, New Guinea?

Now, it is possible that no one in Papau New Guinea has bred with anyone from off the island ever and that therefore, no one on the island has this gene. But that is not very likely. It is much more likely that Papau still has an infection that has become relatively less common in other parts of the world.

Recall that multiple sclerosis used to never ever occur in anyone who grew up in the US South. All that changed a couple of decades again which led me to wonder "What did people in the old South do that people in the new South do not do?" Answer, get exposed to hookworms by running around outside barefoot all summer. And sure enough researchers in England have found that if you give MS sufferers low, controlled hookworm infections their MS gets better. Those HLA coded inbred antibodies that were supposed to fight hookworms stop attacking normal body tissue and start attacking hook worms again.

So, I suggest that someone keep track of which infectious diseases are highly prevelant in Papau, which are going down due to public health intervention as well as measuring the percentage of diabetics who are GAD Ab pos in Papau. I suspect that we will find that some parasite such as schistosomias is protective against GAD Ab autoimmune disease. I suspect a parasite, because worms, being closer in biology to humans than say a bacterium, are more likely to have tissues that are similar to ours. Meaning that an antibody that evolved over time to fight a common parasite could also recognize a human body tissue if the parasite is not around.

Again, this will not help all diabetics. But if even 10% could avoid the progression to insulin dependence through a carefully controlled probiotic infection, it would cut public health spending a bunch.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Sun Jun 28, 2015, 07:00 PM (3 replies)

Please Show This to Your Friends Who Aren't "Interested" in Politics

A person can be prejudiced by omission. Meaning, if you don't speak out against official corruption or oppression, you are just as guilty as the ones actually wielding the stun guns and clubs.

If you think the brutal war being waged against young men of color does not affect you, and therefore, you decline to get involved, you are supporting the killings. Worse yet, you are benefitting from them. Because an important part of white privilege is appointing a scapegoat, a group that wil be blamed for all social ills--even their own murder when they get shot down in cold blood in a Church. "They should have been carrying weapons," says the NRA. As if a Black person who does not take extra steps to protect himself against violent extremists is somehow complicit in his own death, the way a woman in a short skirt is "just asking" for it. If the Blacks or Latinos are guilty of everything, then the white man is guilty of nothing. He will automatically be offered the job and the raise. If he makes a mistake--say he precipitates a mortgage crisis--he can blame it on the minority members who were forced into escalating payment mortgages even though they qualified for fixed rate mortgages. If he commits a crime, he can avoid jail time---it would not be fair to put an "innocent" white man who made a little "mistake" in with all those "guilty" minorities. If he asks for a loan, he will get it. His schools will receive extra funding and he will get the best education that public money can buy. If he is threatened, the police will be there for him. If he commits a crime against a member of a minority group, the criminal justice system will take his side.

If you think that the brutal wars being waged in western Africa do not affect you, and therefore, you decline to pay any attention to them, you are supporting the killings. Though western imperialism in Africa is officially dead, unofficially, we continue to send in money and arms in exchange for the continent's valuable resources. We are the reason that children are forced to become soldiers. Those blood diamonds are on our hands. We are rich, because so much of the world is kept poor. And yes, even those of us who do not feel "rich" compared to the 1% have it pretty good compared to the child bride in Africa who is about to be shot by another child, this one wielding a gun manufactured in America.

If you think that contraception is a "woman's" issue (unless you happen to get stuck with a child support suit) then you are enjoying male privilege. In this country, when young woman are denied access to birth control and abortions, they are forced into underage motherhood. Once they drop out of highschool to have a baby, they are doomed to a life of pink collar servitude forced to work for a fraction of what men earn, denied promotions, unable to quit because they absolutely have to put food on the table for the kids. The fact that so many women will work in so many crap jobs forever allows men to pick and choose the better jobs. They get promotions---because they never miss work taking to kids to the doctor. They can pay their (female) workers less and demand more of them.

Anyone who says "It's not my problem" is part of the problem. No one is allowed to sit on the fence. We are all political animals---and the ones of us who claim to be apolitical are simply the ones who like the boat the way it is and see no reason to rock it.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Wed Jun 24, 2015, 04:05 PM (0 replies)

Hillary-Phobes. Don't Paint Yourself Into a Corner

Back in 2008, during the primary election, I wrote a little piece which I called "The Mother and Child Reunion" for DU, in which I predicted that once the food fight was over, Clinton and Obama would be BFFs at the Convention. A lot of DUers who had spent the primary calling Clinton the "enemy" (because she stood in the way of the Obama nomination) disagreed. I was correct. Oh, I got one minor point wrong. I thought she would be the VP nominee. In retrospect, asking for SOS was a much better career move. Everyone loves the SOS.

Eight years later, I see many of the We Love Obama and We Can't Stand Clinton folks attacking her once again--even though their man, Obama has all but anointed her his sucessor. Even though her poll numbers look great. Even though she has been the target of a right wing conspiracy since before some of them were born--and the right wing does not waste its conspiracies on corporatist candidates who cater to Wall Street and suck up to Big Oil.

I suspect that many who talked bad (sometimes even dirty) about Clinton in 2008 are reluctant to change their tones. Doing so would be to admit that they were wrong---or, at least, took a position for political gain (for their candidate Obama) rather than because it was a correct position. No, there is nothing wrong with saying one thing in the primary and another in the general, if it furthers the cause of your political party. That is how elections are won. But some folks like to present themselves as idealogic purists---

Even though the most pacifict of anti-gun pacifists would have no problem discharging a shotgun in the face of the criminal who is trying to kill their child. All things are relative. I will say that again. All things are relative. Except when they are black and white words printed on the page or on the Internet. Then, words have a habit of assuming a meaning way in excess of what the author intended.

If you really want to, you can twist and distort the words of anyone to make them mean anything that you want them to mean. And so, if you write "Hillary is a poo poo head" during the primary because she is standing in the way of Obama, eight years later you will have to deal with Google searches that reveal that you once called Hillary a "poo poo head." If you are an amateur like me, who makes no money from political posting, who does it for fun in her free time, because that is what our Founders would have done had they possessed the Internet, so what?

However, if you consider yourself a professional political pundit, you may have a hard time with your cache. You may feel compelled to defend your previously held and now indefensible opinion, for the simple reason that you once posted it above your byline.

Beware this impulse. It is the trap that leads to political obsolescence. Be more like the left's favorite, Robert Byrd, who was more than willing to change. Change is a good thing. You proclaimed that truth in 2008. Yes, you did. I remember the slogans. All the best political pundits have had many changes of heart over the years. Situations change. Economic forces change. People change.

And once the primary is over and Hillary Clinton is the nominee, your favorite candidate is going to be her BFF. Because your favorite candidate is a true Democrat, doing it for the constituency and not for personal gain.

Got that? We do this for the party, for the workers, for the women, the minorities, the immigrants, the GLBT, the Muslims, the Jewish folks, the men who don't want to act all macho 24-7----everyone that the right wing despises. We do not do this for ourselves. And if you catch yourself doing it for yourself, ask "Is my own career as a ____ more important than the lives of those who will die without health care, those who will die in anoter war for oil, those who will die from the damage to the economy that eight more years of GOP rule will bring?"

If you are like most people, your answer to the above with be a resounding "Yes!" Because we all want to be important. We are all the stars of our own lives. In which case, maybe you should give yourself an out, make a little wiggle room so that when Clinton is nominated, you do not have to pull a Chicago 1968 and throw your support behind a third party splitter in order to live with yourself.

Idealism works in a parliamentary system. If you want to be idealistic, get to work changing our current form of government into a parliamentart system. If you want to work withwhat we have now, be prepared to compromise. It is the only way that anything good ever gets done in this country. LBJ sent Humphrey out to wine and dine Congressional Republicans in order to get the Voting Rights Act and the Civil Rights Acts passed. Be more like LBJ and Humphrey and less like Eugene McCarthy.

Speaking of Clean for Gene, the Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign will be one of my all time favorite campaigns, up there with McCarthy 1968, Jackson 1988, and the others who used the primary to get their message across. The Democratic presidential primary is one of the few times when the left wing of the party can make itself heard. Speak up. Force the nation to confront the problems it would rather ignore. Get the word out---

But don't paint yourself into a corner and never ever throw out the baby with the bathwater. We can't afford to lose any more babies.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Tue Jun 23, 2015, 01:24 PM (87 replies)

Hillary Clinton, Gallups Most Admired Woman in America 19 Times

That is six more times that Eleanor Roosevelt. Clinton got bumped once by Mother Theresa and once by Laura Bush in the wake of 9/11. But other than those two times, she has riden a wave of public approval that no one in this country, male of female can match.


Now, I must admit that I am sad that Clinton has managed to bump Michelle Obama from a position that is often held by the first lady. I love Michelle and she has been a great first lady.

But Hillary Clinton is something special---and Americans know it. Except for that wierd little blip after 9-11 when Americans thought it was their patriotic duty to love the president and his wife, Clinton was the most admired woman during the Bush administration----and she sure as hell did not derive any of her popularity from Bush. During the Obama administration, she has retained her title as the woman that more Americans can agree upon. As much as our nation belittles and disrepects and distrusts women, Americans know in their hearts that Hillary Clinton is strong, she is fair, she has their backs.

Anyone who says that Hillary Clinton can not win the general election is delusional or lying.

I love the way that this primary is shaping up. I love the fact that corperate America is giving Bernie Sanders a platform on which to speak his mind, for the simple reason that Big Business hopes that he will upset Clinton in the primary. I am still pissed at the way that they shut out John and Elizabeth Edwards, who had many of the same things to say, back in 2008, because Wall Street was afraid that Edwards might actually get elected and enact some of the reforms that he and his wife talked about. I hope that the GOP continues to promote Sanders as the Great-Anti-Hillary to its party members. I hope that Bernia Sanders take full advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity for a Socialist to Speak the Truth About America--and not get blacked out by the mainstream media.

But when the food fight is over, I know that Sanders will throw his support behind Clinton. He will do it graciously, the way that Clinton did in 2008 for Obama. Because Democrats know that some battles are bigger than the individual combatants.

Oh, and any Republicans reading this, I am only kidding. Of course, Bernie Sanders will run a third party splitter campaign in the general. You have my word on that. Keep throwing your support his way. Keep getting his message out to the voters. Americans cannot be told too many times that its Bankers are Banksters.

Posted by McCamy Taylor | Mon Jun 22, 2015, 10:35 PM (19 replies)

We Just Witnessed the Fruit of the GOP/Nixon/Atwater/Buchanan Southern Strategy in Charleston

Yes, Pat Buchanan, there really was and is a Southern Strategy. A few years ago---in 2006 to be precise--- on Countdown, Buchanan told Keith Olbermann that the Republicans could keep control of Congress by reminding voters that a Democratic victory would mean a committee chairmanship for Rangel. Even though Buchanan has denied that there ever was a Southern Strategy, he was proof of it at that moment.

For almost fifty years, the Republican Party has been hard at work trying to make sure that Southern white voters are scared shitless of their Black neighbors. The dialogue has changed, but the message is still the same.

Republican strategist Lee Atwater discussed the Southern strategy in a 1981 interview later published in Southern Politics in the 1990s by Alexander P. Lamis.

Questioner: But the fact is, isn't it, that Reagan does get to the Wallace voter and to the racist side of the Wallace voter by doing away with legal services, by cutting down on food stamps?

Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger." By 1968 you can't say "nigger" — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "Nigger, nigger."


No, Atwater, you were not doing away with the "racial problem". You were just creating a newer, more acceptable code for your racism. A racism that blamed the mortgage crisis on the minority home owners who were (illegally) forced into high risk mortgages when they qualified for traditional mortgages. A racism that would rather see Americans deprived of health insurance than see a single Black man or woman get treated in time for cancer. A racism that, to this day, demands that young men of color prove that they are not a public menace. What more can we do? Carry crosses on our backs, like Jesus, to show that we mean no one harm? They killed Jesus and they keep killing us---and by us, I mean fellow Americans. Because some hotshot political strategist in a smoke filled room said "If we make them blame the ____s for their problems, we can split their vote and win this election." In Germany, the blanks were the Jews. In the US, the blanks are Blacks. In Burma, the blanks are Muslims.

The Charleston shooter----who does not deserve to have his name mentioned, because he is just a cog in a huge, death machine----thought he was acting in self defense. He thought he was protecting himself from all the bogey men who keep him scared and shaking at night. The joke---macabre, awful, but still a joke, as the devil's temptation of Eve was a joke---is on him. A bunch of rich, corporate fat cats will be laughing all the way to the bank as they dissuade their employees from joining unions by telling them "The unions will give your jobs to Blacks, to Mexicans, to anyone but you."

The election of President Barack Obama saw a new type of Southern strategy emerge among conservative voters. His election is utilized as evidence of a post-racial era to deny the need of continued civil rights legislation, while simultaneously playing on racial tensions and marking him as a "racial bogeyman". Thomas Edge described three parts to this phenomenon saying:

"First, according to the arguments, a nation that has the ability to elect a Black president is completely free of racism. Second, attempts to continue the remedies enacted after the civil rights movement will only result in more racial discord, demagoguery, and racism against White Americans. Third, these tactics are used side-by-side with the veiled racism and coded language of the original Southern Strategy."

Strange fruit, indeed.

Now pardon me, while I cry.

Posted by McCamy Taylor | Fri Jun 19, 2015, 01:19 PM (8 replies)

Fifty Years Later....

“The past is never dead. It's not even past.”

Posted by McCamy Taylor | Fri Jun 19, 2015, 12:31 PM (0 replies)

What's Our Problem with "Strong" Women?

We saw it in the 1960s. Being anti-war or anti-segregation was hip, cool, socially acceptable. Being anti-sexual discrimination made one a "bra burner", "frigid", a "man hater", a "castrating" you know what. Civil rights activists were lauded. Feminists were targets of ridicule. Leftist women were expected to shut up and put out---they would get their "equality" through a kind of trickle down effect.

Why are we, as a society, so scared of strong uppity women?


I found this interesting article online. In Europe in the Middle Ages, women 1) who could read and write, 2) who expressed their spirituality by being active in the Church or as mystics 3) who expressed political opinions who 4) wielded power and 5) who worked outside the home were more likely to be accused of being witches. Even their attempts to promote the Church (which was conducting the Inquisition) were viewed as being deviant, suspect. If they looked like they were trying to do good deeds which took them outside the home and into the public world, it was all an act. They had devious, hidden motives. Joan of Arc--who claimed to hear the voice of the angles--had to be a witch. Only a witch would attempt to lead a nation. Only a witch would have that kind of political power. A woman with political power was dangerous. A woman who could move people with a spiritual message was dangerous---

I look around at my country now, and I see a lot more of the same.

Don't be afraid of uppity women. Women with political power are not necessarily doing it for "Satan" or in order to denigrate men or because they have penis envy. Women with political power are not freaks. Some of them are concerned citizens who feel compelled to help others. Some of them are very good at what they do.

Posted by McCamy Taylor | Wed Jun 17, 2015, 12:32 AM (75 replies)

Seven Years Later: Who Wrote "The Race Memo"?

Don't tell me you have forgotten the "Race Memo"! That was the document that was distributed by an Obama staffer to members of the press in order to interject race into the 2008 race. The "Race Memo" would have been devastating to the Obama campaign had it come to light in the fall of 2008, after the primary when the GOP could have used it to sully Obama's "nice guy" image. The Huffington Post realized what was up---they sprang the trap eight months too early when they published the "Race Memo" in January 2008. For some reason, the rest of the MSM pretended that they had never heard of it---even though news reporting in the weeks following the memo's release was obviously influenced by it. This strange media silence got me worried. Did the MSM plan to sit on the story and then suddenly pretend to "find" it after the Democratic convention? Not good. That was why I wrote what I wrote in 2008. There was no way in Hell that I was going to allow any corporate media whore to claim that Obama "stole" the nomination from Clinton. Obama would be nominated by a party that knew all about the "Race Memo" and did not give a fuck.

Why dig up the sorry carcass of this sorry piece of political dirty trickery now? It has come to my attention that some people think that they can take advantage of American's notorious political amnesia. (Go watch "Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia" It's on Netflix!) They think they can prompt people to recall that they heard something way back in 2008 about how Hillary Clinton made a bunch of racist attacks on Obama, as she attempted to "crib death" his campaign.

If we are going to take a trip down memory lane to 2008, then I think we should see all the sights and remember everything that made that year so much fun. So, here it is, one from the vaults. Here is what I wrote in 2008:


Putting All The Race Cards on the Table: "The Race Memo"

I. What Is the “Race Memo”?

On January 12, 2008 The Huffington Post demonstrated that it is a journal of integrity and not another corporate media propaganda organ. When someone at the journal received a document that would later be labeled “The Race Memo” from the Obama camp, rather than disseminating it to pro-Obama journalists to serve as the basis for Clinton bashing articles or depositing it in the trash, the Post decided to print it. I am sure that this was a difficult choice. The Obama camp had come in for criticism the year before when the “Hillary Clinton (D-Punjab)” memo was revealed. In that instance, the memo was distributed to the press on a “you didn’t get it from us” understanding that the press promptly broke, since there was more news in “Obama smears Clinton and offends Indians” than in “Indians like Clinton.”


The “Race Memo” was more of the same but even more inflammatory. Through the use of three lies and distortions of things that Sen.Clinton and surrogates had done or said, it sought to paint the Clintons as racists in the lead up to South Carolina. Here is the Huffington Post article:


Here is the post a week later that makes clear that it really did come from the Obama camp, since Obama himself publicly disavowed it—after a very bad week for the Clintons in which the press accused them of being bigots out to smear their opponent. No one stopped to ask the obvious---how making racist attacks could help Hillary Clinton going into a Democratic primary in a state with a large African-American population.


The memo, which was obtained by the Huffington Post and has been made public elsewhere, is believed to have been given to an activist and contains mostly excerpts from different media reports. It lists the contact info and name of Obama's South Carolina press secretary, Amaya Smith, and is broken down into five incidents in which either Clinton, her husband Bill, or campaign surrogates made comments that could be interpreted as racially insensitive.
The document provides an indication that, in private, the Obama campaign is seeking to capitalize on the view - and push the narrative - that the Clintons are using race-related issues for political leverage. In public, the Obama campaign has denied that they are trying to propagate such a perception, noting that the document never was sent to the press.

While the Obama camp claims that only the Post saw this memo, I will show that many journalists used the stories contained within this memo in the days surrounding its release, suggesting that the Obama camp either lied and did distribute it to others or that some in the press seized upon the Huffington Post article and used the lies it contained for articles or that some other organization, such as the RNC under Karl Rove was disseminating the same lies in an attempt to divide and conquer the Democratic Party along racial lines and boost the campaign of Barack Obama to achieve a Brokered Democratic Convention, just like in 1972.

First, about the charges contained within the Race Memo, three were based upon distortions or lies which widely read media watchdog sites such as Media Matters have debunked. For a presidential campaign to release inaccurate inflammatory statements about an opponent which a shoestring media watchdog organization can refute points to either extreme sloppiness or deliberate malice---or an RNC mole playing at 1972 divide and conquer politics. We all need to keep the last possibility in mind this election. For the sake of brevity, I will refer to the "Race Memo" as coming from the Obama camp in the rest of this article, but always keep in mind that the force pushing the narrative it contains could just as easily be the RNC.

The Clinton MLK LBJ misrepresentations have been thoroughly debunked by Media Matters



Clinton’s full quote was a statement that LBJ passed the Civil Rights laws that JFK hoped the pass but could not. In her analogy, Obama was JFK and she was LBJ. The press later admitted that the reason Ted Kennedy endorsed Obama was because he took offense at the slight to JFK.


Half of the drug use charge is an out and out lie, as David Axelrod is well aware since he was there at the time. The Hardball episode in question was an All-Obama All-Drugs show in which Matthews kept asking “Do things really go better with coke?” His guests were Axelrod, Penn and Trippi. Since Axelrod was there, the Obama camp must have been fine with an hour long discussion of Obama and drugs. Tweety kept asking Penn what he thought of Obama’s drug use, a subject that most people only know about from the Senator’s autobiography. At first, Penn was reluctant to answer. Finally, when Penn attempted to answer a question put to him point blank, Trippi and the others accused him of introducing the subject of “cocaine” even though Mathews had been alluding to it all show. In retrospect the possibility that Penn was set up by Matthews and Axelrod must be explored since a number of MSNBC pundits including Schuster later went on the repeat the lie that Penn introduced the topic of Obama and drugs out of the blue, and the Obama campaign has repeated the lie. Here is Media Matters again.




http://www.mefeedia.com/entry/msnbcs-odonnell-claimed-p... /


As for Bill Clinton calling it a “fairy tale” for Obama to dream of being president, I think that most people know by now that he was referring to the Senator’s statement that his public opposition to the war has never varied. Now, this is a matter of opinion, and as they say, everyone is entitled to their opinion. I have never understood why the Obama camp got into this one, because it isn’t a good fight for them. But once engaged, they apparently decided that there were political points to be had from misrepresenting the ex-presidents words. Because here we have a document that criticizes “Bill Clinton For Comparing Obama To A "Fairy Tale" ‘ Once again, Media Matters had the situation in hand.




II. Why Haven’t I Heard About the Race Memo?

If you have heard the three lies above a hundred times but have not heard a word about the “Race Memo”, blame it on the corporate media, which chooses to craft a narrative that goes Hillary is a dirty trickster but does not choose to craft a narrative that goes Obama is a dirty trickster even though Obama’s campaign is led by David Axelrod who does not have a reputation for playing nice.


Note that the NYT article that include “Hillary Clinton (D-Punjab)” placed that story on the second page of an article about Clinton. It was not a headline piece. It was an afterthought. Clinton bites Obama is news. Obama bites Clinton is “so what”. The mere choice of where to put a story can influence to public perception of candidates. If a very real “The Race Memo” appears only in the Huffington Post, it will not affect anyone’s perception of the candidates, whereas the mindless repetition of the same lie---Clinton called Obama’s campaign a “fairy tale”---becomes a huge dirty trick by the process of amplification.

Here is how the WasPo chose to deal with the “Race Memo”


“Clintons Move to Ease Some Racial Tension” Ann Kornblut and Shaliagh Murray Jan 12, 2008 Washington Post

Note the misleading title, and the fact that the article opens by listing several of the charges in the “Race Memo” as if they are fact.

Publicly, Obama's campaign has so far only echoed the concerns expressed by others, without directly accusing the Clintons of trying to inject race into their primary showdown.

Buried in the article is a mention that a memo was released but without a link so that it will be difficult for anyone to find the document. The article also quotes Donna Brazile early on with more anti-Clinton criticism before vaguely addressing the point that Bill did not call Obama a “fairy tale” and that the Obama camp is once again having to disavow another smear memo aimed at Hillary Clinton.

This is not an unbiased attempt to cover the “Race Memo”. This is an attempt by the Washington Post to bury it.

Here is Eric Boehlert on the Media Bias against Hillary Clinton


The press has literally forgotten how to do its job, forgotten how to simply be spectators instead of trying to insert themselves as players. As Tom Brokaw famously mentioned on MSNBC on primary night, (arrogant) journalists need to remove themselves from the process and stop trying to affect the outcome. Elections are about voters, not journalists.


The disdain for Clinton has been openly broadcast by journalists. Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources on December 30, The Washington Post's Milbank announced: "The press will savage no matter what."
And just hours before primary day, The New Republic's Jason Zengerle filed this dispatch from the campaign trail:
I was at a dinner tonight with various political reporters who are up here to cover the happenings, and it was pretty funny how giddy/relieved they were at the prospect of a McCain-Obama general election campaign, as opposed to, say, a Romney-Clinton one. Suddenly, the next 11 months of their lives look a whole lot more enjoyable.

Now we know why we haven’t heard about “The Race Memo.”

III. Is There Any Indirect Evidence That the “Race Memo” May Have Had An Effect on the Press?

No one in the press is going to say “Look, I got this oppo from the Karl Rove/Mark Penn/David Axlerod and I am basing today’s story on it.” It does not work that way. However, a lot of TV journalists are lazy. Even some pundits in the press let the campaigns do their legwork for them. Even some politicians get stories from candidates and do not investigate to see if they are true. When people start taking sides, they are especially easy to influence.

Here are some stories that bear an uncanny resemblance to the “Race Memo” in timing, bias and substance.


“Racial Tensions Roil Democratic Race” Jan 11, 2008 CBS

A series of comments from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, her husband, and her supporters are spurring a racial backlash and adding a divisive edge to the presidential primary as the candidates head south to heavily African-American South Carolina.

The comments, which ranged from the New York senator appearing to diminish the role of Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights movement - an aide later said she misspoke - to Bill Clinton dismissing Sen. Barack Obama’s image in the media as a “fairy tale” - generated outrage on black radio, black blogs and cable television. And now they've drawn the attention of prominent African-American politicians.

“A cross-section of voters are alarmed at the tenor of some of these statements,” said Obama spokeswoman Candice Tolliver, who said that Clinton would have to decide whether she owed anyone an apology.


Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., through a spokesman, used even stronger language. "Following Barack Obama's victory in Iowa and historic voter turnout in New Hampshire, the cynics unfortunately have stepped up their efforts to decry his uplifting message of hope and fundamental change.

"Regrettably, they have resorted to distasteful and condescending language that appeals to our fears rather than our hopes. I sincerely hope that they'll turn away from such reactionary, disparaging rhetoric."

The article has the MLK Jr. misquote. It has the “fairy tale” misquote. It has Shaheen. It even has “shuck and jive”. That is 4 out of 6. And it appeared before the Huffington Post story on 1-12. Pretty strange coincidence, that.


“Of Hope and Politics” Bob Herbert Jan 12, 2008 NYT. This article came out the same day that the Huffington Post published “The Race Memo” so it was probably written no later than the day before.

So there was the former president chastising the press for the way it was covering the Obama campaign and saying of Mr. Obama’s effort: “The whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.”
And there was Mrs. Clinton telling the country we don’t need “false hopes,” and taking cheap shots at, of all people, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
We’d already seen Clinton surrogates trying to implant the false idea that Mr. Obama might be a Muslim, and perhaps a drug dealer to boot. It struck me that the prediction of so many commentators that Senator Obama was about to run away with the nomination, and bury the Clintons in the process, was the real fairy tale.

Again, remarkable similarities to the Race Memo.


“Will They Play The Race Card” Matjorie Valbrun Jan 13, 2008, Washington Post.

She uses the Billy Shaheen remarks and mirepresents Hillary Clinton’s remarks about Dr. King, both straight out of the “Race Memo.” Note the close timing of her article, Bob Herberts , the CBS story and the “Race Memo”.

Those were just a representative sample. I have many more below.


“Civil Rights Tone Prompts Talk of an Endorsement” Carl Hulse Jan 11, 2008

Did the Obama camp circulate the “Race Memo” to Rep. James Clyburn? Check out this interview he gave to the NYT before the South Carolina primary just one day before the Huffington Post printed the “Race Memo” story in which he said that he was rethinking his neutral status, because of Hillary’s remarks about MLK Jr and because Bill Clinton called Barack Obama’s campaign a “fairy tale”.


January 9, the NYT has an editorial devoted to chastising Hillary Clinton for words she did not say about MLK Jr---and for which Media Matters had repeatedly called out the NYT, every single time they got the quote wrong. It is one thing for a newspaper to print a quote wrong. It is another for it to base an editorial on a misquote. Were they basing their editorial on oppo from the Obama camp because they were so eager to interject race into the race?

Here is Media Matters:


Summary: A January 11 New York Times article marked at least the third time that a Times article, editorial, or blog post truncated Hillary Rodham Clinton's January 7 comments about civil rights. Each of the articles quoted Clinton's statement that "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964" and that "it took a president to get it done" but omitted Clinton's reference to former President John F. Kennedy. Clinton had also said that passing a civil rights bill was "something that President Kennedy was hopeful to do, the president before had not even tried."


“Jack and Jill Politics” Jan 10, 2008 This site has it all. Shuck and Jive. Penn. Shaheen. MLK. Fairy Tale. And more. It claims to be devoted to African-American bloggers but one poster used the give away term “Clintonista” indicating that the RNC has infiltrated the site. That means that Karl Rove may be playing CREEP styles dirty tricks here. Oh fun.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/01/11/bill-clin... /

Also NYT, January 11, 2008 By Carl Hulse and Patrick Healy 752 pm

Wow, look who knows the real words that Hillary spoke about LBJ. Someone at the NYTs. Too bad the authors of this piece could not have told their colleagues.
And look, the article addresses what Bill really said about “fairy tale” , too.
So why did Bob Herbert write his piece with the distorted versions for the 1-12-2008 issue of the NYT?


No, don’t read the Politico article, scroll down to the post that sounds just like someone familiar with the “Race Memo” posted it on Jan 11, 2008

Here is what is wrong with Clinton's statement (and why reasserting it is a major blunder): first, he claims that Obama didn't take a stand against the war in 2004, when the video and the transcript of that interview clearly show that Obama has been unwavering--so Clinton is either a liar or he doesn't know how to read. Second, he is basically calling the campaign a fairy tale all over again. Add it up: Shaheen + Penn + Hillary (MLK) + Cuomo + Andrew Young. It is a systematic attempt to bait Obama and to garner the Dixiecrat vote. They suck, they really and truly suck.

No name, so we don’t know who did it, but they included Penn (one that almost no one uses because it is so esoteric and such an obvious lie, if you google Penn and Shaheen you get Media Matters within the first four hits).



Jan. 13, 2008 Tim Russert interviewing Hillary Clinton on Meet The Press is caught in the act by Media Matters and the Left Coaster playing truncated video of Bill Clinton and reading a truncated quote by Hillary Clinton to make the points that the Obama camp was trying to make in its “Race Memo”. Note that Russert also points out that a newspaper in South Carolina has also run the Obama camp story the day before. Be sure the watch the video. Clyburn and Brazile are used as “not supporters of Obama” to demonstrate that there is a consensus of African-Americans who are offended by Clinton.

Note that MSNBC, owned by GE, which makes billions off nuclear energy, which Obama believes is “Green energy” and which he has supported through legislation like the Cheney Energy Bill, has been one of his staunchest allies this primary.

And, another GE associated publication, Newsweek which is partnered with MSNBC and which regularly sends its journalists on that network and which writes articles promoting GE business interests also promoted the “Race Memo” at the same time.


“Letting Hillary Be Hillary” by John Meacham Newsweek Jan 12, 2008

In New Hampshire, Bill Clinton appeared to dismiss Obama's campaign as "the biggest fairy tale I've ever seen," a remark that infuriated many African-Americans. "When has 'black' and 'fairy tale' ever been mentioned in the same sentence?" asked Todd Boyd, professor of African-American and Critical Studies at the University of Southern California. "That was just insulting, and he needs to be very careful." Clinton called Al Sharpton's radio show to clarify, arguing that the "fairy tale" remark was limited to Obama's claim that he would have opposed the Iraq War if he had been in the Senate in 2002–03 despite expressing some doubts to The New York Times in 2004: "What would I have done? I don't know. What I know is that from my vantage point the case was not made." And when Hillary Clinton noted that while Martin Luther King Jr. marched, it "took a president"—Lyndon Johnson—to get civil-rights legislation passed and signed, the comment prompted some Obama supporters to say that Clinton was minimizing King. By late last week, South Carolina Rep. James E. Clyburn felt compelled to issue a statement calling for a ceasefire: "I encourage the candidates to be sensitive about the words they use. This is an historic race for America to have such strong, diverse candidates vying for the Democratic nomination." John Lewis, the Georgia congressman, civil-rights veteran and perennial optimist, said, "I hope we will put these issues of gender and race to rest and return to the marketplace of politics."


On Jan 13 Sen. Obama told a fib. He told it to his biggest media backer, MSNBC/GE which is counting on building lots of nuclear reactors once the country gets over its fear of Chernobyl and Three Mile Island under a “nukes are green” administration that it can trust.

“Obama: Clinton’s MLK Comment’s ‘Ludicrous’” Sunday Jan 13

Obama called the "notion" that his campaign is responsible for the backlash Hillary Clinton has faced about her comments on Martin Luther King Jr.'s role in the in the civil rights movement "ludicrous" in a conference call today to announce the endorsement of Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill.

"Well this is fascinating to me," Obama began of Clinton's remarks on Meet the Press, in which she accused the Obama campaign of stirring the pot among African-American leaders about her remarks that it "took a president" to pass civil rights legislation.

Obama characterized Clinton's remarks as "tired Washington politicians and the games they play."

"She made an unfortunate remark about Martin Luther King and Lyndon Johnson,” he said. “I haven't remarked on it. And she offended some folks who thought she diminished the role about King and the civil rights movement. The notion that this is our doing is ludicrous.”

Note that just the day before the Huffington Post had published the “Race Memo”. On the day that Obama made these remarks, Bob Herbert would publish a NYT op-ed that would echo three of the main charges in the “Race Memo”. Someone convinced Donna Brazile and Rep. Clyburn of distortions of the truth. Who gave these people the wrong facts? The same people who wrote the lies in the “Race Memo”?


On Jan. 14. Barack Obama again entered the fray publicly.

“Clinton’s King Comment Ill Advised Obama Says” By Anne E. Kornblut and Perry Bacon Jr.
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, January 14, 2008

COLUMBIA, S.C., Jan. 13 -- Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton defended her recent remarks on civil rights Sunday, as Sen. Barack Obama weighed in on the controversy for the first time, describing Clinton's earlier comments about the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as "unfortunate" and "ill-advised."
Obama had previously tried to sidestep direct engagement in the debate over race. But the recent controversy has touched a nerve with many African Americans, including some sympathetic to the Clintons, and Obama chose to address it Sunday.
The primary source of the debate is a comment Monday from the New York Democrat: "Dr. King's dream began to be realized when President Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act," she said, adding that "it took a president to get it done." Critics read that as playing down King's importance in the civil rights movement. Clinton said Sunday that the Obama campaign was "deliberately distorting this."
Asked whether he had taken offense to Clinton's remarks, the Illinois Democrat said he had not been the one to raise the subject.

Um… but the Huffington Post had published the “Race Memo” in which his camp most certainly did attempt to raise the issue just two days before. And as I have shown, a whole bunch of journalists, as one, suddenly began writing about the stuff contained in that memo as if they had heard the arguments and were using them even before the memo was published.

Note that the Washington Post does not mention the “Race Memo” nor does it give the facts about the Clintons’ remarks. The opening paragraphs give the impression that the distorted views are correct and the corrections are presented through the mouths of the Clintons, making them suspect.


Monday, Jan 14, 2008, Fox, which has the original footage, misquotes Hillary Clinton about the MLK Jr story when they report on Obama’s criticism of her.


Jan 14 Michelle Obama mischaracterizes Bill Clinton’s “fairy tale” remarks.


Also on Jan 14. PBS provides a forum to disseminate the stories about “fairy tale” , MLK Jr and Shaheen again. Note that every time Clinton supporter tries to do this

REP. JOHN LEWIS: Well, I think it did come out of the language that Mr. Obama is using, but the Obama camp is also doing something else. They're sending out memos to members of the media, trying to suggest that the Clintons are playing the race card.

The Obama supporter Rev. Joseph Lowery changes the subject or says in effect “don’t go there.” Why not? The Obama camp went there. The press is going there.


CNN provides minimal coverage: Jan 14 The Situation Room

MARTIN: You know what; it's one of those things where you say who through the first punch? And so always it's the person who gets the second punch in the NFL when they throw the flag. It really did start in terms of these sort of little jabs with the Shaheen comment, Bill Shaheen when he referenced that republicans are going to say was Senator Barack Obama, a drug dealer. A lot of African-Americans were offended by that comment because here was a candidate who was being very open about it. You had the back and forth. Then you had a comment from New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo when he talked about this whole shuck and jive. So then, of course, followed by the fairy tale and the MLK deal. So the Clinton people are saying look, the Obama camp, they are pushing this. They're sending memos out with these various talking points. The Obama campaign is saying look, we don't even want to touch race. It is a very fine line, Wolf, as Carol outlined that Obama is trying to walk. I call it the dance, the dance that an African-American has to do running in the mainstream sort of situation. You don't want to be overtly racial. You also have to recognize that African-Americans want you to appeal to them as well in order to get those votes. There's a very delicate balance there.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2008/jan/14/obama-glove... /

Jan 14. Law Vegas Sun, a Nevada Paper does the Shaheen story, MLK and “shuck and jive”.


Tuesday Jan 15, LA Times “Race Enters the Race” Richard Fausset and Janet Hook

Once again Hillary Clinton’s remarks about LBJ are misquoted.


Also on January 15, Newsweek, already on notice from Media Matters, repeats the lie about Bill Clinton calling Barack Obama’s campaign a “fairy tale”.


Tuesday Jan 15 was a really bad news day for Clinton. AP repeated the lie about LBJ in papers everywhere (though they have removed the article now, but Media Matters writes about it still) in reporting on Rep.Clyburn’s criticism of the altered comments.

So now, people all across the country know that Clinton has been called out for disrespecting Dr. King. With his birthday coming up January 21. Coincidence?


Tuesday Jan 15 and more from the GE empire. Tweety telling more Tweety lies. Note that drug use is not even racially charged, so I am not sure why we are talking about it…. Oh, yes. That is right. It is on the Race Memo. Why did all those people get the idea that drug use was racially charged at the same time?


“Clyburn mulls mission to end racial clash?” Mike Soraghan Jan 16, 2008

The top African-American member in Congress’s leadership is considering flying home early to South Carolina this week on a mission to cool a raging racial debate that has engulfed the Democratic presidential contest.
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said he may leave Washington before the end of the week to try to soothe tensions that have broken out just a week before his state’s crucial Democratic primary. The tensions mounted after controversial comments on race and the civil rights movement by Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and former President Bill Clinton were seized upon by supporters of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.).

The author of the article then does something totally irresponsible. He goes back in time a week to before Clyburn spoke to the Clintons and lifts Clyburn’s words from the original NYT’s article to make it appear that he still believes the corporate media/ “Race Memo” lies. (even after having the record corrected by the Clintons).

He also said Bill Clinton’s description of Obama’s campaign narrative as a “fairy tale” seemed insulting.
Clyburn said it misses the point to argue whether Martin Luther King Jr. or President Lyndon Johnson was more important to the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1964.

This dirty trick by the author makes Clyburn look like a dirty trickster or a fool. It is the most shameless kind of media duplicity. Someone scanning the article would not understand where those words came from at all. One would suppose that the author did not want Clyburn to end the feud, stabbing him in the back like that.

IV. Why Does It Matter? Can’t We Just Discard Hillary Clinton as “Tainted Goods” and Keep the One “Fresh” Candidate We Have

From the Left Coaster link above


This is the latest episode in a series of false insinuations from the Obama campaign that the Clintons are racist. This is the kind of campaign that will lose Sen. Obama the general election if he becomes the nominee because there are a lot of Americans who are not in the least bit racist who will start believing that Sen. Obama is a divisive figure, a person who will repeatedly and falsely paint opponents or critics as being racists in order to win the election.

This is not the Republican Primary in which George W. Bush gets patted on the back for calling John McCain an enemy collaborator and the father of an illegitimate mixed race child in order to win a nomination. This is the Democratic primary. The last time we let the Republicans define our nominee, straight talking war hero George McGovern as a dirty trickster, back stabber, just another politician who would do anything to get elected and who would not come through for anyone in a pinch, guess what happened? He lost by a landslide. Voters---especially those in need--are not going to trust candidates who engage in this kind of politics. That is why the RNC has been planting Freeper moles on the internet and stirring up trouble.

Now, as we move towards North Carolina, I see signs that the exact same players are about to repeat the exact same mistakes. Oh, I am sure that this time no one in the Obama camp will hand any memos to anyone. But the RNC can always get someone on tape, saying the wrong thing. They own the news media. For all we know Karl Rove instructed members of the press to step up the playing of the race card bs last January because the "Race Memo" was outed, and he knew it would make a great story for McCain to use in September or October. If someone in the Obama camp says the wrong thing again, the press will initiate another race war---and it will be Obama's fault a second time. All the reporters will be waiting for some sound bite they can edit to change the meaning. We can not stop them from doing it, but we can refuse to rise to the bait. And when the RNC moles planted among us rise to the bait, we can refuse to follow their lead.

Rush is not going to get his riots in Denver. Not if we have an open dialog about what happened in January, including the miscommunication and the role that the news media played, so that we can learn from our mistakes and keep it from happening again. I know for a fact that some people (I even know which ones) are going to say that no Democrat should ever criticize another Democrat by posting anything like this---even though everything I have written I collected with Google in about 12 hours, meaning that the folks at RNC oppo already have and do not need me to do their research. It is time to stop pretending that what we know happened in January did not happen. Race was introduced to hurt Hillary Clinton and to help Barack Obama (in the very short run) and---more than likely---to hurt the Democratic Party's chances in the fall election. If we heal the party now, then the Republicans have not won.

Obama says he wants no distractions.

Hillary Clinton has apologized for Bill Clinton's "Jesse Jackson" comment and has repudiated Geraldine Ferraro's remarks.

But to hear the press talk, they are just salivating at the thought of Race Wars Round II.

And now it looks like some want to start Race Wars Round III. Not cool. Not smart. And not very Democratic. Divide and Conquer is the GOP's favorite dirty trick.

Oh, and will the real author of the race memo please stand up? Back in 2008, I thought it might be Rove. Since then, I have changed my mind. I don't think Rove was smart enough to pull that stunt. I suspect Pat Buchanan was the real author. Buchanan was pretty slick, once upon a time.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Thu May 28, 2015, 03:00 AM (2 replies)

Why Did Suprax remain patented an extra 12 years?

The Suprax drug rep came by recently with some coupons. Since Suprax is older than my son (now 22) I asked "How come Suprax doesn't have a generic yet?"

She just smiled and shrugged her shoulders.

Not a good sign. We have all seen generic drugs go back onto patent only (colchicine for gout) or stay on indefinite name brand only status. Why was Suprax---unique in that it is basically an oral form of third generation cephalosporins which are so good at treating UTIs---still so damn expensive?

Apparently, Wyath's patent in Suprax expired in 2003.


In July 2002, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals (Collegeville, Pennsylvania) discontinued manufacturing cefixime (Suprax®) in the United States. In October 2002, the company ceased marketing cefixime tablets (200 mg and 400 mg) because of depletion of company inventory. Wyeth's patent for cefixime expired on November 10, 2002. No other pharmaceutical company manufactures or sells cefixime tablets in the United States. Wyeth will continue to sell cefixime suspension (100 mg/5 ml) until March 31, 2003, or until company inventory is depleted, whichever is sooner.

Cefixime is the only CDC-recommended oral antimicrobial agent to which Neisseria gonorrhoeae has not developed significant resistance (1). Uncomplicated N. gonorrhoeae infections may be treated with single-dose regimens of cefixime 400 mg orally, ceftriaxone 125 mg intramuscularly, or an oral fluoroquinolone (ciprofloxacin 500 mg, levofloxacin 250 mg, or ofloxacin 400 mg). However, fluoroquinolones should not be used for treatment of gonorrhea if the infection was acquired in Asia, the Pacific Islands (including Hawaii), or California because the prevalence of fluoroquinolone-resistant N. gonorrhoeae is high in those areas

It decided to stop making the drug, which the WHO considers an essential antibiotic. What happened next is truly surreal. Lupin Ltd got FDA approval to market the drug exclusively in the US.


Lupin Ltd today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has approved the company's Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) for Cefixime Suspension 100mg/5ml. Earlier this month, Lupin received approval for its Cefixime Tablet 400 mg ANDA.

Lupin is the first company with an ANDA approval for Cefixime. Cefixime was marketed by Wyeth until March 2003 under the Suprax® brand. Lupin will relaunch the product under the Suprax® trademark that Lupin has licensed on an exclusive basis for the US market. The market size of Suprax in the US was $51 million (MAT Dec 2002).

How could one company get the exclusive patent for a drugs whose patent expired? Why did it take 11 years for the FDA to allow a generic version to be produced and sold in this country?


Dayton, NJ (April 20, 2015)
Aurobindo Pharma Limited has received the first Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for Cefixime for Oral Suspension USP, 100 mg/5 mL and 200 mg/5 mL. Cefixime for O.S. is bioequivalent and, therefore, therapeutically equivalent to the brand Suprax®. Cefixime for O. S. is indicated for the treatment of certain types of bacterial infections. Cefixime for O.S. represents the latest addition to Aurobindo’s broad line of vertically integrated pharmaceutical products, and is available immediately.

Lupin has not taken the competition well. Their stocks have gone down in value.


"The earlier-than-expected generic competition for Suprax and Antara has been a negative surprise. LPC may pursue acquisition to scale up the brand business near term. An acquisition may be marginally earnings accretive in the near term. However, we are less certain of considerable value accretion," the report said.

Earlier than expected? Did they expect to own the rights forever?

If someone understands how this happened, please let the rest of us know. I can see no reason why patients have to pay hundreds of dollars for an antibiotic that is over two decades old.
Posted by McCamy Taylor | Mon May 25, 2015, 07:58 PM (9 replies)
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